The Sporting Kansas City back line has lost another key member. This one will sting.
Chance Myers will miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, an injury on his left foot he suffered during the team’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Friday night. Myers will undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair the injury.
“This is very disappointing,” Myers said. “(But) I will work hard not only to come back from this injury, but to come back stronger. I wish my teammates the best of luck during the remainder of the season and will support the team any way I can.”
Myers, a natural fullback, suffered the injury while filling in at center back, a position that has carried somewhat of a curse within the team over the past six weeks. Sporting KC was missing its top six options at the position Friday, three of them to injuries.
“First and foremost, I am very upset for Chance,” coach Peter Vermes said in a release. “He has worked very hard and always takes care of himself to make sure he is prepared to play. Getting a serious injury is never an easy thing to cope with, but I have full faith that he will work hard to come back.”
Myers, who missed the first few days of training camp prior to re-signing with Sporting KC in the offseason, has played a pivotal role for a team that has led the MLS in goals-against average each of the past two seasons.
During his absence, Sporting KC likely will give more minutes to 19-year-old Brazilian defender Igor Jualio, an offseason addition. Homegrown defender Kevin Ellis is another option at right outside defender.
“Obviously it’s a blow to the team because he is an important member of our group,” Vermes said. “It will be hard to replace his qualities and experience.”
Myers is set to become the second Sporting KC defender to undergo season-ending surgery. Center back Ike Opara, the team’s top backup option for starters Aurelien Collin and Matt Besler, had season-ending surgery in April to repair a chondral defect in his right ankle.
The team has also played without Collin (hamstring) and defensive midfielder Uri Rosell (quad) for the past two matches.
Searching for its first victory in four matches, Sporting KC will play host to the New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sporting Park.